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Ice related falls leading injury during winter weather

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RALEIGH—Old man winter is wreaking havoc on Emergency rooms statewide.

The icy conditions this time around and the accidents they create are keeping doctors busy.

Whether it's slick pavement or black ice, slipping and falling is the No. 1 injury seen in many North Carolina emergency rooms this time of year.

“A lot of people are slipping as they go to the mailbox or go out to their car. We see hand, wrist, and ankle fractures. Unfortunately some are more serious when people are falling and hitting their head,” said Dr. Leslie Marshall, Emergency Physician at Rex Hospital.

Born and raised in Raleigh, an active winter like this still comes as a surprise to Carly Jones.

“I should stock up on salt. I never thought I would have to say that in Raleigh, North Carolina. I probably should stock up on salt and put it in storage for cases like this,” Jones said.


The best piece of advice from doctors is to just stay inside during severe weather conditions if you can.

“It can wait. Wait until temperatures are well above freezing before you go out,” said Dr. Marshall.

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